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Support the Upshur County Literacy Program

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The Upshur County Literacy Council  believes that education can unlock human potential. We also believe that every adult should have the opportunity for education at any stage in their life. 

Every year, we provide our services free of charge to adults who earn degrees, certifications, and the education they need to change their lives, the lives of their families, and our community.

Our program began in 1988, when Sue Williams-- a retired public school teacher-- saw the need for an adult education program in Gilmer, Upshur County, and the surrounding area. 

Image by Josh Felise
Holding a Book

The mission of this organization is to promote literacy by providing quality educational services to meet the needs of the community.

Our students range in age from 16-72. In fact, we are the only program in the area that will accept students that are 16 years old. We provide an avenue for these younger students to gain their GED and continue their education or enter the workforce. We also work in collaboration with the Kilgore College and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Male Student
Graduation Ceremony

We need your help to continue our mission!

On August 29, 2022, we discovered an upstairs bathroom leak. 58,000 gallons of water damaged our facilities. This leak caused devastating structural and cosmetic damage. Luckily, we have insurance, however, because our building is quite old, the insurance company will adjust for depreciation, which leaves us in a deficit as we prepare for renovations. Our contractor estimated the damage at over $106,000. We hope you will consider contributing to our cause.

Read more about the damage to our building in the Longview News Journal

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